Individual Membership

Individuals can donate to the Hakone Foundation in many ways. Hakone Foundation is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Corporation. All donations are tax deductible up to the extent of the law. Please see the Membership Level Benefits listed below.

Membership Level Benefits

Centennial $10,000+ membership

  • Table at our annual gala in 2017
  • 4 people for Premier tea ceremony
  • A private, guided tour of the garden that provides some history and background
  • All benefits at lower levels

Pavilion $5,000+ membership

  • A group of 10 people for tea ceremony
  • All benefits at lower levels

Tea Garden $1,000+ membership

  • A group of 5 people for tea ceremony
  • All benefits at lower levels

Bamboo Garden $250+ membership

  • Seasonal sake-kit
  • All benefits at lower levels

Regular Annual Membership

Individual $45 | *Family $75 | Senior, Student(5-17 years old) $35

  • Free year-around admission with one additional guest to the Gardens
  • 10% discount in the gift shop
  • Free docent training

*Family: 2 adults and up to 5 children.

*Family membership: Immediate family only.


  • Pay online. If you are applying online, please click on Donate and pay the fee for the membership of your choice.
  • Send a check. Please state your phone number, email and the membership type on your check, and send it to
Hakone Foundation
PO Box 2324
Saratoga, CA 95070
  • Pay by credit card. Please call us at 408-741-4994

Corporate Matching

Does your employer match any donations you make to a certified non-profit organization? Please check with your employer and let your donation make a greater difference.

Legacy Gifts

Please consider creating a personal legacy for Hakone in your will or living trust.


Individual Donors (October 2016 - September 2017)


Centennial ($10,000+)

  • Rick and Ann Waltonsmith


Individual Donors (September 2015 - September 2016)


Centennial ($10,000+)

  • Rick and Ann Waltonsmith

Pavilion Members ($5,000+)

Tea Garden ($1,000+)

  • Sandy and Howard Miller
  • Jann Ichikawa
  • Tadao Kurosawa

Bamboo Garden ($250+)

  • San Francisco Consul General of Japan
  • Yuki Hashimoto

In-kind Donors

  • Dan Boyle
  • Dave and Bev Harada
  • Shozo Kagoshima
  • Mayumi Kosugi
  • Sandy and Howard Miller
  • Miki Shimabe
  • James Sugai
  • Ann and Rick Waltonsmith
  • Connie Young Yu